Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seals, Indoor Pool & BCU awards

Indoor Pool Kayak Training Courses run November to March...

Saturday was the final session in the October / November course. 
Congratulations to the Stage 1 to 4 students in the Junior Kayak School who all completed the present training courses, and we look forward to continuing to work with many of you on your next stage!

The adults kayak safety training continues to be a popular choice over the winter months, with many of our Club members choosing to combine the indoor training with sessions on the sea. 
Places open for January and Feb / March indoor pool Junior and Adults courses today.

 Watch the VIDEO CLIP to see what's involved!

 Pics from Sunday's Adventure Club Sea Kayak Training from Port Erin Beach.

 A stunning paddle around the Calf of Man, seal watching, practising sea kayak skills and enjoying the Sunday morning training session with like minded people!

BCU 2 Start Award - Assessment

 A big well done to Pauline, Alice, Fergus, Katia, James, Mark and Charlie who successfully passed their BCU 2 Star Award on Saturday, after a series of weekly training sessions with George & John.

Another terrific weekend of Unforgettable Adventurous Experiences on the Isle of Man!!
Keirron & the Team

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

National Coasteering Charter

The National Coasteering Charter (NCC) symposium was well attended over the weekend. It was held in Pembrokeshire, where commercial coasteering in its present form was established. The lively event for coasteering guides was organised by Jet and his team at Adventure Beyond.

Workshops included scenario training - joined up with HM Coastguard, and also supported by the RNLI. Lots of fun coasteering experiences and discussion points. AIM insurance and ALLA both had representatives giving chats over the weekend, and joining in the sessions! : )

If you missed it, you really missed out!!

The weekend was preceded by the NCC National meeting, where the committee made up of voted roles and regional reps from all over the UK come together to share ideas and experiences from each region, and to vote.... Version 2 of our NCC Documents, which are the Coasteering standard guidelines for providers and guides across the UK, including our environmental Code of Conduct, and the NCC Constitution. 

The National Coasteering Charter represents us, the Coasteering Industry. As such it is the official body that is supported, and just as importantly, recognised, by ALLA, the RNLI, RoSPA, the MCA and the National Water Safety Forum.

The new committee members are Chair - Jethro Moore, Vice chair JP Eatock and Treasurer Mark Agnew, all voted in unanimously.

I've held the post of Secretary (initially of the Coasteering Safety Working Group chaired by the RNLI) and then the NCC since its formation (national meeting - Bristol November 4th 2011).

In the absence of a willing replacement, i've agreed to remain in the role for another 12 months : )
 Here's to sustainable unforgettable coasteering adventures!!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Open boating adventures

Another great weekend of paddling.
The 2 star training course continued on Saturday morning, focusing on manoeuvring and deep water rescues together with a journey up stream. Looking forward to completing the course and assessment next week! 
With Keirron and the sea kayak fleet away for an overhaul at Sea Kayaking UK we took the opportunity for the Sunday club session to also take to canoes and complete a fun journey from Ramsey up the Sulby river and back on the Spring high tide. 
A couple of opportunities to try a few things presented themselves along the way....
Always lots of fun and look forward to the next session!
Saturday afternoon saw the Junior Kayak school taking to the pool together with the adults session. We've got a couple of spaces on the next Adults indoor safety and rescue course at the Western Swimming Pool running 5-6pm each Saturday from 22nd Nov - 13th December. Contact us to book a place!


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Club & Corporate

A spectacular sea kayak training session this morning with the Adventure Club.
 Setting out from Port Erin beach on the south west coast of the isle of man, the group got involved in some interesting sea conditions. Putting into practice much of what we have been working on since September - continuing the theme of rough water handling...
 ...self rescues in conditions, rolling, re-entries, and other core skills of sea kayaking.
Supported by members of the Senior Adventure Club.
 Immense enthusiasm,and an outstanding performance from everyone!
Well done!! : )

 A few pics from the Corporate Gorge Scrambling adventure on Saturday, with a fun and committed team who were keen to be challenged.
Superb teamwork, and a quality session in the gorge!

 Adventure Club 2* Training on Saturday

 Led by George and John, the folks are progressing well, and set to pass their BCU 2 Star Awards by mid-November.

ps. Tim sent through a pic from earlier, after he'd been out training with the senior Club, following the morning Club training session, sounded eventful : )